Farmers from across the country who sell their products at Mbare produce market have bemoaned high transport costs and the high premiums charged on EcoCash transactions.
High transport costs are making their vegetables uncompetitive while cash is not readily available with EcoCash agents demanding prohibitive commissions for cash-out transaction. Farmers who spoke to The Herald had this to say:
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We are facing a lot of challenges. Transporters are charging higher rates and not only that, they want cash because they argue that they are buying fuel for cash.
When we come to the market we have no choice but to insist on cash payments, but most of the clients do not have cash.
Those that have cash — who buy in bulk — leverage on that by dictating the prices that we should charge them and as you know we are dealing with perishables and most of us do not live in Harare and cannot afford to put up for the night. We give in to avoid total losses.